Double reason for joy for the German table tennis star Timo Boll: The European champion celebrated a successful comeback on Sunday about two months after his World Cup semifinals in Houston with a torn abdominal muscle in the Bundesliga with a demolition win and at the same time climbed two positions in the new world rankings to eighth place.
Boll won the top single against world number 11 Quadri Aruna in a 3-1 win against champions and Bundesliga table leaders Borussia Düsseldorf against TTC Fulda-Maberzell because the Nigerian gave up due to injury in extra time of the fourth set. At the time of Aruna’s exit, Boll was leading 2-1 and had earned his sixth match point.
“My comeback was okay. I didn’t have such high expectations, overall I’m satisfied with my performance. I’ve already noticed that I’m not as precise as usual,” said the World Championship third, who won his first The comeback decided immediately before the start of the game didn’t seem completely free of symptoms: “But since I’m no longer the fastest, I have to play precisely and cleverly. And for that I just need competitions and match practice to develop this instinct again.”
Even in the run-up to the new edition of the cup semifinals at the beginning of the month, Boll had been cautious about his return. “I was surprised myself at first that it took so long, but at 40 my healing meat may not be as good as it was at 20,” Boll told SID.
On the other hand, Boll can use game practice before the decisive phase of the season. For his club, the German semi-final duel with cup winners 1. FC Saarbrücken (February 20th and March 3rd) is on the program in the Champions League before Boll competes with the national team at the Team World Cup in Chengdu, China, from mid-April and then has to play the Bundesliga play-offs again with Düsseldorf.
In the world rankings, Boll benefited from the loss of points by two Chinese rivals. Boll’s national team colleague Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Hameln/Orenburg) also improved by two places to sixth place.